In the world there are all sorts of religious practices out there. From animal worship to flagellation, people do many various things in order to appease their so-called deity. This was the same in the Apostles’ day, with some groups of Jews insisting on festival and Sabbath keeping in order for forgiveness. While other Gentiles
On the surface the book of Philemon seems to be about a runaway slave, his conversion and then Paul’s attempt to have him reunited with his master. And that is certainly the story behind the letter. But interwoven in this story is so much teaching on the nature of Christian Community. That as the body
So far in our series “Real Community” we have seen the call to love each other as Christ has loved us. But this week we are going to look at an aspect of Christian community that makes it unlike any other we could experience, as we see community forged on the front line of mission.
This service is led by the HSM. The topic for the service is ‘Me, me, me’. Looking at the way our self centred culture impacts us and, most importantly, how Jesus calls us into a kingdom that is about service.
Over the last couple of weeks we have looked at the issues of love and unity within the church. We have been challenged by how living under Jesus, in the church, asks from us a completely different attitude from what we know anywhere else. One that seeks to constantly give, instead of receive. But with
This Sunday evening we have Kevin Rietveld preaching. Kevin and his wife Machi are CRCA missionaries in Solomon Islands. As well as preaching, Kevil and Machi will be sharing about some of their work.
In John 17 Jesus prayed for the church. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. But really, as we look at the church and the pressures that are applied we have to question whether this is
LOVE. It’s sung about, spoken about, written about, acted out in numerous different ways. For different people it can mean very different things- for some people love is equated to lust, for others, a strong liking. But generally our definitions and experiences of love are self focused. But for the follower of Jesus, knowing the
At the moment we are calling for nominations for the office of elder in the church. So this Sunday we want to look at eldership in the New Testament. Who are these people, how are they called, what is their role, and what qualifications should we look for as we nominate men to serve? It’s
No doubt the Redlands is a great and blessed place to live in. It is comfortable, clean, affluent. If you could be born anywhere in the world, few places would be as attractive as here. But the reality is that underneath it all the Redlands is as sick as any other community in the world,
In the passage, Jesus is asking the important question, ‘What do you think about the Christ?’ For the Teachers of the Law to answer this question would radically alter everything in their lives. It would have changed their entire world view. It would have changed their associations and friendships. It would have affected their familiesRead More +
At first glance it appears that this passage in Mark is about sacrificial giving; that the widow who gave two small copper coins is giving so much more out of her poverty than the rich are giving out of their abundance and so we too should give sacrificially like the widow. However, in a closerRead More +
Mark 13 is a difficult chapter to grab hold of as it is full of Old Testament ideas and images and Jesus intertwines two strands of teaching into one. What we can know is that there are three things which give us encouragement. First, Jesus forewarned us that things would happen; God is not surprised.Read More +
In a world where the very idea of truth is questioned and claims to know the truth are seen as arrogance, it’s possible to downplay the importance of gospel truth. Sure the truth of the basic gospel matters, but how much beyond that? But the Bible is clear, truth matters. Why does it matter? AndRead More +
In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage isRead More +